going for the gold? find it in the shadow.
Before I even understood it as a psychological concept, I’ve been intrigued by shadows. As a child, I’d always look at them. Even as an adult, I’ve continued to find their value and entertainment.
Although I began to understand the importance of unearthing my self and my truth two years ago, my interest didn’t consciously shift from something part of the external world to part of the internal world until last year when I asked myself, “do you need to see the worst of yourself in order to be the best of yourself?”
That question prompted an interest in the shadow that I’m now ready to explore. It’s scary. It’s exciting. An intuitive feeling informs me that this is a special time in my life.
Carl Jung said, â€œPeople will do anything, no matter how absurd, to stop from facing their souls.â€ I believe it. It’s taken me almost a year to begin the journey and I can only strongly intend to maintain course, no matter how uncomfortable it gets.
To assist me, I’ve enlisted the help of author Debbie Ford’s classic The Dark Side of the Light Chasers: Reclaiming Your Power, Creativity, Brilliance, and Dreams. This book has been on my radar for a really long time, but only recently has it risen to the top of my “Must Read” list. When you’re ready, you’re ready and things will appear. I went to the bookstore for Aspire: Discovering Your Purpose Through the Power of Words and saw it.
I’m learning compassion towards myself as I seek integration on the path to congruency and authenticity. It occurred to me that we can either move towards ourselves or away from ourselves. Go with ourselves or against ourselves. By ignoring the shadow, I know I can’t be completely authentic. I can’t be completely congruent.
It’s time to look at myself, in sum total, honestly and lovingly. Time to truly “know thyself” or acknowledge thyself in whole. This self-integration process will undoubtedly lead to a more congruent, authentic life. Just having read the first chapter, I’m extremely hopeful that my journey with this book will improve my life. Maybe even convinced.
I’m kind of psyched. Care to join me? This journey is not for the faint of heart.